We don’t want to put too much pressure on our team, but the QPR game on Saturday is probably the most important game of the season, because a win will help lift the gloom on Tyneside, and give our players some much needed confidence, but a defeat would be simply devastating.
Alan Pardew – I’m saying this is a must win game
QPR won their very first game of the season after 17 tries against Fulham over the weekend and they will be full of confidence on Saturday, and Harry Redknapp and his coaching team are starting to turn things around at Loftus Road, but we cannot afford not to take 3 points out of this game.
And while a draw is at least a point, we want to put another 3 points between us and QPR by Saturday night.
It will not be a case on Saturday of just playing well, but we have to get the points in the bag, and we’ve lost at Stoke, Fulham and at home to Manchester City and given good performance, but we got absolutely zero points from those games, and we must get the win on Saturday.
Alan Pardew talked about the game on Saturday:
“We’re going to have a lot of pressure this week. QPR will be expected to lose, so they can come and play with a little bit of freedom.” “Not us. We’re going to have to play under monster pressure.” “It needs to be full up.”
“The fans need to be right on our side, whatever happens – even if QPR go 2-0 up.” “It’s going to be one of those days we must win.” “Usually, reporters say it’s a must-win game – I’m telling you it’s a must-win.” “That is what we need to do.” “
We’ve always been about the next game.” “Even at Fulham, I said it wasn’t important – it’s gone.” “There’s nothing you can do about it.” “It’s the next game – that’s the only thing that you can legislate for.” “Already, I’m looking forward to it, and it cannot come soon enough.”
We thought the Newcastle fans were great on Saturday, and following City’s first goal we were taken to the cleaners, and it was not a pretty sight, but after being 2-0 down at the half Newcastle came storming back but we still managed to lose 3-1.
If the same thing happens against QPR and we are 2-0 down (heaven forbid), we’ll have to come storming back but this time we’ll have to win the game.
In our relegation season it was good news if we put up a good show but lost – and that mentality has to end at Newcastle right now – and results is what we need from now on.
If we lose on saturday, we think things will start to change at Newcastle – and we’ll definitely be in a relegation struggle with our next three games being at Manchester United and Arsenal and at home to Everton – how many points do you think we’ll pick up from those three games?
If we lose it could be a very dismal Christmas for Newcastle fans everywhere.
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